Dearomatic Solvents Market

Global Market Study on De-aromatic Solvents: Increasing Concerns Regarding Hazards of Conventional Solvents Aiding Demand Growth

De-aromatic Solvents Market Segmented By Low Flash Point De-aromatic Solvents, Medium Flash Point De-aromatic Solvents, High Flash Point De-aromatic Solvents Flash Point

About the Report

De-aromatic solvents, also called de-aromatized hydrocarbon solvents or ultra-low aromatic solvents, are a class of hydrocarbon solvents that are characterized by the presence of paraffinic, iso-paraffinic, and naphthenic components, with very low aromatic content (<1%).

De-aromatic solvents are effective alternatives to conventional solvents such as mineral or white spirits. These de-aromatized hydrocarbon solvents find application across various industries in paints, coatings and inks, metal working fluids, industrial cleaning, adhesives and sealants, drilling fluids, consumer products such as household insecticides, and some other niche applications.

In its latest revised study, market research and consulting firm Persistence Market Research offers insights about key factors driving demand for de-aromatic solvents. The report tracks global sales of de-aromatic solvents in 20+ high-growth markets, along with analyzing the impact COVID-19 has had on various sectors in general, and on de-aromatic solvents in particular.

This edition (2021-2031) brings readers up-to-date with key market developments, providing analysis on how manufacturers and other stakeholders are reacting to change. The study also expands on the previous competitive landscape section, and readers will get to know the key strategies of established players as well as new entrants.

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  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Royal Dutch Shell Plc
  • Total S.A.
  • Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
  • Neste Oyj
  • Raj Petro Specialities P. Ltd.
  • Avani Petrochem Private Limited
  • Isu Exachem Co. Ltd
  • DHC Solvent Chemie GmbH
  • Calumet Speciality Products Partner L.P.
  • SK Global Chemical Co, Ltd.

Historical Trends Vs Future Market Outlook

De-aromatic solvents characterized by their lower toxicity, and hence, higher occupational exposure limits and low VOC content, are an ideal alternative to conventional solvents such as chlorinated solvents and mineral turpentine. Paints & coatings account for a prominent share of de-aromatic solvent consumption, followed by metal working.

Industrial growth coupled with increasing preference for de-aromatic solvents due to newly imposed regulations and restrictions pertaining to VOC emissions is expected to drive demand from industries such as metal working, consumer products, and paints & coatings, over the coming years.

Demand for high flash point de-aromatic solvents that are non-corrosive and environmentally safer has witnessed steady growth, especially in metal working applications. This increasing demand is, thus, expected to fuel the growth of the high flash point segment during the forecast period.

Low flash point grade solvents find application primarily in coatings. Use of powder-based coatings and water-based alternatives is expected to witness steady growth over the coming years.

With the ongoing crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing and supply chain operations have seen a downturn. Demand is anticipated to increase as the economy recovers and the pandemic situation stabilizes. At various stages, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on the global economy, and the impact has also been seen on demand for de-aromatic solvents.

Paints and coatings & inks are major end uses of de-aromatic solvents, which have already experienced a downturn in 2020 with decreased construction and industrial activities. COVID-19 further impacted growth of the metal industry, depleting demand for de-aromatic solvents during the pandemic period.

Furthermore, the market was affected by supply chain disruptions, shortage of raw material supply, and government lockdowns and shutdowns, adversely depleting growth. However, Persistence Market Research expects the global de-aromatic solvents market to increase at over 6% CAGR through 2031.

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What is the Commercial Potential of De-aromatic Solvents?

In case of paint and coating applications, relatively lower VOC content, less odor, and faster drying times are desirable properties. De-aromatic solvents are characterized by these aforementioned properties, and as a result, consumption of de-aromatized solvents, especially of low flash point grade offerings in this application, is expected to grow rapidly.

Furthermore, there has been an increase in the demand for de-aromatic solvents from household insecticide and mosquito repellent manufacturers, as these solvents are odorless, contain relatively less volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and also have lower toxicity as compared to conventional solvents.

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Which Factors are Driving Demand for De-aromatic Solvents?

Consumer products such as household insecticides, mosquito repellents, and aerosols have been significant end uses of de-aromatic solvents over the recent past. A number of insecticide and mosquito repellents such as coils, sprays, and electric mosquito repellent machines are available in the market.

Traditionally, coils dominated the insecticides market; however, over the past few years, there has been substantial growth in the use of insecticide aerosols/sprays. This can be attributed to numerous factors, such as rising disposable income, higher availability of such products, easy usage, and the health and environmental benefits (aerosols do not produce smoke) associated with these products.

As a result, the market for insecticide and mosquito repellant sprays/aerosols has witnessed robust growth at a CAGR of around 10% over the past few years, which is anticipated to drive demand for de-aromatic solvents over the coming years.

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What is the Regulatory Impact on Global Sales?

Over the past few years, regulatory authorities and organizations have framed stringent policies that govern the production and use of chemicals, especially solvents, so as to curb the menace of hazardous Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are released into the atmosphere. These policies focus on minimizing the use of conventional solvents and encourage the usage of alternatives with lower VOC content.

Aromatics content in de-aromatized hydrocarbon solvents or de-aromatic solvents is significantly lower than that in conventional hydrocarbon solvents. As such, these solvents are characterized by relatively lower toxicity and low odor as compared to conventional solvents.

Also, occupational exposure limit for such de-aromatic solvents is relatively higher than that for traditionally used hydrocarbon solvents. Thus, de-aromatized solvents are efficacious, effective, and relatively more environment friendly vis-à-vis conventional solvents.

Thus, stringent policies and regulations coupled with effectiveness of de-aromatized solvents across a diverse range of applications have prompted end users to switch to de-aromatized solvents — products that are equally effective but contain relatively low levels of VOCs.


Country-wise Insights

How Large is the Opportunity for De-aromatic Solvent Manufacturers in China?

China is expected to be one of the prominent consumers and producers of de-aromatic solvents, and the market here is anticipated to grow at highest rate over the forecast period. Lower and medium flash point grades are mostly preferred in the country, accounting for a collective share of more than three-fourth of the total market.

Moreover, the country has a strong base for paints, coatings, and inks, along with metal working applications, which is anticipated to create significant opportunities for market players.

Is Demand for De-aromatic Solvents Increasing in India?

The market in India is an import-driven industry. Around 70% of total de-aromatic solvents consumed in the country are imported primarily from global major players such as Exxon Mobil and Total S.A. Some of the other companies such as South Korea-based ISU Exachem supply a noteworthy amount of de-aromatic solvents in the country.

What’s Driving Demand for De-aromatic Solvents in Japan?

Japan is anticipated to show relatively sluggish growth as compared to other regions due to the mature market in the country. Japan has witnessed major demand for medium and high flash point grades from metal working and industrial cleaning applications, as they are odorless, less corrosive, and have faster drying ability, and are therefore used for bearing cleaning and other applications.

Which are the Prominent De-aromatic Solvent Manufacturers in South Korea?

South Korea is a major manufacturer of de-aromatic solvents. The country has a number of manufacturers such as ISU Exachem, SK Global, and others. The country has small domestic consumption, and hence, a large amounts of de-aromatic solvents manufactured are exported to countries such as India and others.

How is Metal Working Influencing the U.S. Market for De-aromatic Solvents?

The U.S. is anticipated to be a prominent market for de-aromatic solvents. The country’s market is dominated by paint, coating & ink, and metal working applications. The U.S. has also shown an increase in consumption of de-aromatized solvents for drilling applications. Medium flash point type will continue to show its dominance throughout the forecast period in the country.

Category-wise Insights

Which Flash Point Range will Exhibit Lucrative Growth?

Among the flash point-based segments, medium flash point is estimated to account for nearly half of the market value share. This segment is expected to be followed by low flash point. Increasing demand for greener, eco-friendly alternatives such as powder-coatings and solvent-free coatings is expected to act as an impediment to the growth of low flash point solvents during forecast period.

Consumption of high flash point de-aromatized solvents is expected to be driven by anticipated increase in demand for these solvents from ink and metal working applications during the forecast period.

Which Application of De-aromatic Solvents will be Most Attractive?

Paints, coatings, and inks are anticipated to dominate demand for de-aromatic solvents, followed by metal working. De-aromatic solvents are characterized by their lower toxicity and higher occupational exposure limits and low VOC content, are an ideal alternative to conventional solvents such as chlorinated solvents and mineral turpentine.

Which Boiling Point Segment is Expected to Dominate Demand?

By boiling point, the type 1 (150–200°C) segment is expected to account for nearly half of the global market share. The segment is expected to retain its dominance over the forecast period; however, ii is expected to exhibit the lowest CAGR in terms of value over the forecast period. Type 2 (200-2400C) is anticipated to grow at the highest rate and be increasingly used in metal working, inks, water treatment, and industrial applications.

Competitive Landscape

The de-aromatic solvents market is a significantly competitive, dominated by global players offering competitively priced products. Leading manufacturers are focusing on strengthening partnerships with major distributors and long-term contracts with end users.

Furthermore, manufacturers are also expanding their production capacity to cater to increasing demand for various applications. They are developing products that have higher flash points, lower toxicity, and are less corrosive in nature. They are focusing on developing relatively higher-value product offerings for applications such as drilling fluids and other tailored applications.

Some of the leading companies operating in the market are:

  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Royal Dutch Shell Plc
  • Total S.A.
  • Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
  • Neste Oyj
  • Raj Petro Specialties P. Ltd.
  • Avani Petrochem Private Limited
  • Neste Oyj.
  • Isu Exachem Co. Ltd.
  • DHC Solvent Chemie GmbH
  • Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P.
  • SK Global Chemical Co., Ltd.

*The list is not exhaustive, and only for representational purposes. Full competitive intelligence with SWOT analysis available in the report.

Scope of Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

  • USD Million for Value
  • Tons for Volume

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • US
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • GCC Countries
  • Turkey
  • Northern Africa
  • South Africa

Key Segments Covered

  • Flash Point
  • Boiling Point
  • Application
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Royal Dutch Shell Plc
  • Total S.A.
  • Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
  • Neste Oyj
  • Raj Petro Specialties P. Ltd.
  • Avani Petrochem Private Limited
  • Neste Oyj.
  • Isu Exachem Co. Ltd.
  • DHC Solvent Chemie GmbH
  • Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P.
  • SK Global Chemical Co., Ltd.

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  • Market Forecast
  • brand share analysis
  • competition intelligence
  • DROT analysis
  • Market Dynamics and Challenges
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Market Segmentation by Category

Flash Point

  • Low Flash Point De-aromatic Solvents
  • Medium Flash Point De-aromatic Solvents
  • High Flash Point De-aromatic Solvents

Boiling Point

  • Type 1 De-aromatic Solvents
  • Type 2 De-aromatic Solvents
  • Type 3 De-aromatic Solvents


  • Paints, Coatings and Inks
  • Metal Working
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Adhesives and Sealants
  • Drilling Fluids
  • Consumer Products
  • Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Questions Answered in Report

  • Which is the most lucrative market for de-aromatic solvents?

    East Asia currently leads the global de-aromatic solvents market.

  • Which boiling point range of de-aromatic solvents dominates the market?

    Type 1 (<1850C) is the most commonly used de-aromatic solvent.

  • Which end-use application is demanding the highest requirement of de-aromatic solvents?

    De-aromatic solvents are widely used in paints, coatings, and inks. Also, usage in metal working is increasing day-by-day.

  • Which are some of the leading companies providing de-aromatic solvents?

    Some of the leading companies manufacturing de-aromatic solvents are ExxonMobil Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Total S.A., Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., Neste Oyj, Raj Petro Specialties P. Ltd., Avani Petrochem Private Limited, Neste Oyj., Isu Exachem Co. Ltd., DHC Solvent Chemie GmbH, Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P., SK Global Chemical Co., and Ltd., CEPSA.

  • Which flash point is driving sales of de-aromatic solvents?

    Medium flash point de-aromatic solvents are anticipated to maintain their dominance over the forecast period.

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